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- raygne (obsolete)
reign (plural reigns)
- The exercise of sovereign power.
- England prospered under Elizabeth I's reign.
- 2020 December 6, Xin Yan, “The Seemingly Impossible Is Possible”, in Minghui:
- Throughout history, no single dictator has successfully upheld their reign forever, no matter how powerful they seemed to be.
- The period during which a monarch rules.
- The reign of Victoria was a long one.
- The territory or sphere over which a kingdom; empire; realm; dominion, etc. is ruled.
- 1591, Ed[mund] Sp[enser], “Prosopopoia. Or Mother Hubberds Tale.”, in Complaints. Containing Sundrie Small Poemes of the Worlds Vanitie. […], London: […] William Ponsonbie, […], →OCLC:
- And the Fox guileful, and most covetous; / That neither pleased was, to have the reign / Twixt them divided into even twain
The exercise of sovereign power
The period during which a monarch rules
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- (intransitive) To exercise sovereign power, to rule as a monarch.
- He reigned in an autocratic manner.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene ii:
- Both we will raigne as Conſuls of the earth,
And mightie kings ſhall be our Senators.
- (transitive, rare, nonstandard) To reign over (a country)
- 2007, Anna Chilewska, Writing after the gaze: the rupture of the historical:
- The House of Piast reigned Poland from its foundation to 1385.
- To be the winner of the most recent iteration of a competition.
- To be a dominant quality of a place or situation; to prevail, predominate, rule.
- Silence reigned.
- 2007, Richard Bawden, “Redesigning Animal Agriculture: a Systemic Perspective”, in David L. Swain, Ed Charmley, John Steel, Shaun Coffey, editors, Redesigning Animal Agriculture: The Challenge of the 21st Century, CABI, page 1:
- Unfortunately – and ironically – the word ‘system’ itself is used in such a wide variety of contexts within animal science, as indeed it is in virtually every domain of human activity, that confusion reigns about what a systems-oriented research programme actually looks like and what systems-oriented animal scientists actually do.
exercise sovereign power
be a dominant quality of a place or situation